"Factory" as written by Stanard Ridgeway Funsten, Charles T. Gray, Mark W. Moreland and Oliver Nanini....
Now I know I had something to say but the problem is to say something
Uhh...you gotta say it
And I still don't remember a thing since that funny gas
Came out of that pipe next to me / I guess they didn't ok it
Now I remember--did I tell ya?
Cut my thumb off at the knuckle on a broken band saw
Didn't see the belt buckle or the blade slip
And I remember when the doctor did it up with a stitch
Funny thing...still got a scratch that I can't itch where my thumb was
Now I've brought the same piece of chicken in a bag to work everyday
For the last twenty years or so
And I really don't mind, work assembly line
Got an intercom blasting the news and the latest on the baseball scores
Come around every Friday, well I get a paycheck
Take the same road home that I come to work on, heck, it's a living
And I got another factory at home
Got a barbeque, pink mustang, fenders chrome
And at nine o'clock I sit there in my chair
And I don't know why I lose my hair
And then I go to / and then I go to / and then I go to sleep
Well I like to know what I'm doing when I do it
And I do what I'm doing 'cause I don't know what to do when I'm not doing it
Sometimes I remember as a boy my father told me I could grow up
To be anything I really wanted to be / anything
And everyday at lunch I still look for my lost digit
Still got that funny scratch, so maybe when I find it I can itch it
And I got a little rubber pool in the backyard for the kids to wade in
And i....i...i...i...i...i?
I got another factory back home
Got a little backyard, pink mustang, fenders chrome
At nine o'clock I'm in my chair sat down
Just lately now when my wife talks back to me I slap her around
And then I go to / and then I go to / and then I go to sleep


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"Factory" as written by Mark W. Moreland Charles T. Gray

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    General CommentThis is probably the most chilling and depressing of all of Wall of Voodoo's kind of tongue in cheek, dark humored songs.

    Since it is a narrative, there's not too much to interpret here. A man in his mid-life looks back on his work at the factory. A boring repetitive job that has sucked all of the joy out of his life over the past couple of decades. He no longer has any ambitions, but reminisces about a time when he did.

    "My father told me I could grow up to be anything - I really wanted to be anything" is probably the most depressing lyric in the song, and the key to the whole moral of the story here.
    mos6502on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA suburban husband and father with thinning hair hates his job and takes it out on his wife. Just a little ditty about a fella who needs some anger management classes and a good hair-grower
    CuteSparkinaon February 27, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionOne of my favorite songs ever. Totally depressing and hopeless and also just fabulous fucking lyrics. I miss WOV a ton. One of the best bands who never got famous but should have been.
    gandydanceron August 09, 2011   Link

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